Abid Malik

Senior Associate

Abid brings a unique combination of over 20 years of political, government, private sector, health care policy, digital health and technology experience.

Abid assists health care and technology clients with their government relations and public affairs needs, providing strategic advice, public policy development, stakeholder relations and direct advocacy.

Over the past four years, Abid has advised companies, industry and professional associations, and not-for profits in areas related to health policy reforms, the introduction of innovative technologies into the health care market, increasing scopes of practice for regulated health professionals and funding of research to combat disease, among other areas.  Prior to this, Abid served as a senior adviser for over five years to two Ontario Ministers of Health and Long-Term Care including as Director of Policy, playing a key role shaping the health care policy agenda of the Government of Ontario. While at the Ministry, Abid led and supported health policy initiatives, guided new and contentious legislation to passage, and supported issues management.

Leveraging his health care experience and technology knowledge, Abid served in Director level roles at eHealth Ontario, the government agency charged with implementing the province’s electronic health record system. Over a period of almost six years, Abid helped to strengthen the relationship with the technology industry, provided senior leaders with insight into technology trends and supported corporate strategic planning initiatives first as the Director of Vendor Relations and then as the Director of Strategic Solutions.

Prior to his roles in health care, Abid played a key role in technology projects at a respected financial services firm. Abid holds a BA in Economics from the University of Toronto, where he began his political activism and campaign management in the mid-1990's.

Analysis: Second Report on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine: “A Healthy Ontario: Building a Sustainable Health Care System”.
The second report from the Premier’s Council to the Premier and Ministers of Health and Long-Term Care was released on June 25, 2019. The report provides advice on how to achieve what it describes as a new vision for health care system centred on the patient that is modern, sustainable and integrated.
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Ford Government Shuffle: What You Need to Know
In a sweeping cabinet shuffle, the scope of which far exceeded anything that most observers expected, Premier Doug Ford unveiled his new front bench today. In what is being described as a “reset” of the Ontario government, Premier Ford has elevated some of his best communicators to more prominent roles.
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The Challenges in Public Funding of Health Care Technologies
With the passing of Health Innovation Week (April 1-5) last month and the recent changes to health care delivery in Ontario, it is useful to discuss the current state of health care technology adoption and the potential impact of changes to the health care environment in Ontario.
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Report & Analysis | Ontario Provincial Budget 2019
Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli tabled the Progressive Conservative government’s first Budget today, unveiling their first annual fiscal plan since being elected in June 2018. As the government holds a comfortable majority of seats in the Legislature, this was the first of four budgets the Ford Government will table.
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Ontario Government Fall Economic Statement 2018
Today, Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli rose in the Legislature to deliver the Ontario PC government’s first Fall Economic Statement (FES). This highly anticipated event is second only to the provincial budget in terms of the attention paid to the Minister and the Ministry of Finance every year. The budget and the FES, as insiders like to call it, are the two focal points for decision making for Finance too, so in addition to providing a window into the province’s finances, many stakeholders hold their breath on this day, when funding decisions are often made.
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How Recreational Cannabis Will Impact Medical Programs
With the legalization of recreational cannabis coming into effect on October 17, 2018, many are asking, what is the point of maintaining a separate medicinal cannabis model? After all, provincially licensed retail stores in theory will be permitted to sell a breadth of cannabis product strains and compounds for recreational use, some of which may have medicinal benefits. We would argue that a separate system for medicinal cannabis should exist, but just not in its current form. Instead, a system should exist that allows the provinces to enable community pharmacists to dispense cannabis for medical purposes to their patients to ensure safety, access and a high quality of care.
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Ontario Budget 2018: Go Big or Go Home
Today, Finance Minister Charles Sousa rose in the Legislature to deliver the Ontario government’s budget, for the fiscal year April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019. This is the last provincial budget to be delivered before voters head to the polls for the June 7th provincial election. It is titled “A Plan for Care and Opportunity” and it is 307 pages long. Our team has prepared a full analysis for our clients and associates.
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Make No Mistake: Writ or Not, the Ontario Election Begins Today
Given that the usually predictable world of Ontario politics has been anything but since the night of January 24th, when Patrick Brown’s world came undone, it is now no surprise that all three major political parties have made surprise announcements, with little to no advanced notice, since the end of last week.
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Ontario Government Cabinet Shuffle
In what is probably the last such event before the June election, Premier Kathleen Wynne is shuffling her cabinet today, in a move that was both expected and surprising at the same time.
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Ontario Election Year Insights
Happy new election year! The legislative session is paused, set to resume in February (following the Family Day holiday) and leading to an election set for June 7, 2018. So, like we did in October, Sussex thought it was opportune to provide our clients with some insights into what is on the horizon for Ontario public affairs in the first part of 2018.
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The Creeping Digitization of Health Care in Ontario
As we mark Digital Health Week in Canada (November 13-19, 2017), it is useful to take stock of the gains that have taken place, and the challenges still to be overcome in Ontario.
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Ontario Fall Economic Statement: Fair is Fair
Today, Ontario Minister of Finance, Hon. Charles Sousa rose to deliver an election-ready fiscal update, tabling the 166-page fiscal update with the campaign-ready titled “A Strong and Fair Ontario,” and announcing in Question Period that the Liberals are balancing the budget this year and for the next two years.
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Ontario Election 2018 Themes Emerging from Start of Fall Session
As the fall season starts to settle in, election season in Ontario is clearly already in full swing. For Members of Provincial Parliament, the Thanksgiving week break in the Legislature is an opportunity to touch base with constituents and reconnect with local communities. For keen observers like us with a direct interest in Ontario public affairs, and our clients, it is an opportunity to take stock of the first part of the Fall sitting and what it all means for the provincial election in June 2018.
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Health Policy Expert Abid Malik Joins Sussex Strategy Group To Strengthen Ontario Government Relations Practice
Abid Malik joins the firm as a Senior Associate, Ontario Government Relations. Prior to joining Sussex, Abid consulted to health care clients at a public affairs and health care consulting firm for two years.
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